Friday night’s game against the Providence Panthers got off to a quiet start. After each team had the ball on offense, neither could score. Independence was on the board first when RB Isiah Robinson ran for a 13-yard score with 7:26 to go in the first quarter. Robinson’s run capped off a 35-yard drive by […]
Final Score: Independence 41 North Meck 13 (Photos by Ron Morris for The Mint Hill Times.)
Final Score: Independence 31 Hough 13
Seven schools in the Mint Hill area are nearly ready to open their doors for the first day of school in the 2012-2013 academic year. Some schools are seeing an increase in teachers, students, or construction, and each school will implement the newly adopted Common Core State Standards, as well as serve more nutritional lunches. […]
Independence head football coach Bill Geiler sounds like a lot of coaches when he says, “the goal is to win a state championship.”
In order for his Patriots to get back to the State Championship they must “get better everyday and improve on last year’s 8-3 season,” says Geiler.
Hopefully, he is right and can lead them to a state championship because this will be Geiler’s last season as coach of the Independence Patriots.
This year the team is young and includes several players from a very successful last year JV team. Three returners on offense and three returners on defense help balance out the young squad.
“One of the differences from this year’s team and last year’s team is that they are bigger, faster, stronger and have more experience.”
As a head coach, he holds a career record of 26-22 and 26-11 at Independence. Geiler has coached football for 35 years. All but one of those years has been in Charlotte. Some of the things that have kept Geiler in the game so long are his core beliefs as a coach. He feels he missed a lot time with his own children as they were growing up, but now he does not hesitate to leave the field if his family needs him. Family comes first. Geiler has assembled a strong staff at Indy that allows him to put his family before the Friday night lights if needed.
The increase in strength is due to a year-round lifting program strength coach Hal Brown put together. Brown will coach the offensive line in addition to his weight room duties. Brown as been at Independence since 2000. He has not missed any team function and was there during the 109 win streak.
Joe Evans is in his third year and is calling the shots as offensive coordinator. […]
Charlotte Mecklenburg School’s new superintendent, Heath Morrison, visited Independence High School Monday. Morrison met with principal Amy Dellinger, faculty, transportation staff, and students.
“His primary goal was to get a feel for the culture and the organization of summer school,” said Dellinger. Independence High School holds summer school for the district, serving students and teachers from […]